If you haven’t heard of this technique before you’re in for a treat. Blisters are preventable if you understand the conditions that cause them.
The most common cause of hiking blisters is friction. Your feet rub against your shoes on the inside when your feet are hot and sweaty. The sweat transfers from your feet onto your socks which stick to the shoes. Eventually, there are fluids (also known as Lymphatic fluid) that flows from the friction to the layers of the skin and causes a bubble to form. Blisters can also form when shoes are wet from snow, rain or crossing streams.
The Heel Lock or otherwise known as the Lace Lock is a tip that all hikers and runners use to prevent hiking blisters. In addition, it helps prevent black toenails by keeping your heel and your toes from smashing into the front of your shoe.
The Heel Lock prevents your rubbing against the inside of your shoe and keeps moisture from entering thus preventing blisters from forming. If you’re a beginner hiker, you’ll definitely lace lock your hiking shoes before you go hiking.
Watch the short video below to see how to do the heel lock and say goodbye to blisters!